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Friday, 7 August 2015

Friday Reads: Our Favourite Picture Books

As Max is still 4 we read him about 3-4 picture books each night. Not only is is lovely to snuggle up and read a short and sweet book, but it's also great for engaging them in a story and helping them learn to read. We go through so many books that I thought I would share some of our favourites at the moment.



First up is Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show by Mark Sperring. We love this book as it is our Max down to a T. Max won't go to bed, he has a spectacular show and other great excuses as to why it's not time to sleep. The First Hippo On The Moon is a great story by David Walliams. It tells the tale of a hippo that goes to the moon (bit obvious!) but as you can imagine a hippo may not be the best astronaut. Talking of animals, if you haven't added You Can't Take An Elephant On The Bus by Patricia Cleveland Peck into your basket then do! It's such a hilarious book about what a fuss it would be if you tried to take an elephant on a bus. William Heads to Hollywood is a great sequel by Helen Hancocks and follows up on our favourite cat detective as he heads to the lights of Hollywood to solve yet another mystery.



Grandad's Island by Benji Davies is a beautiful story about loss. In the book the small boy loses his grandfather but this would be perfect for any situation surrounding the theme of loss. Oi Frog is a hilarious book about rhyming nonsense. Kes Gray does an amazing job at thinking up so many funny rhyming patterns that even parents will be rolling about laughing. Sticking with the theme of animals we still adore Blown Away by Rob Biddulph. A penguin decides to sail a kite but ends up in the most unexpected of places and must find his way home. Going a bit off tangent, The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter is a firm favourite of ours. Not just because it's got poo in it, but it's also so incredibly funny!


There are some books that we can't put down years later. One of those is The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery. I remember reading these at a young age and love the fact that max has the collection too. They're great for learning to read.  Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers is still one of our favourites and picked up at least once a week. A tale about a boy who finds a lost penguin and takes him home will tug at everyone's heart strings. If you haven't read We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen then you need to add it to your shelves. An amazing tale of adventure to find a bear through the winds and woods. Finally our favourite book, Where the Wild Things Are is a book that actually gave us the inspiration for Max's name. Maurice Sendak tells the tale of a wild boy called Max who meets the wild things and becomes their king, all before dinner.


What are your favourite bedtime reads at the moment?
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25 comments

  1. I love your book posts because they give me inspiration for the kids and for school! I'm going to use Lost and Found as inspiration for writing :)!

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  2. awww these books sound amazing. My kids would love them

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  3. Lots of good recommendations there, ne of my little ones still loves picture books and so do I! Mich x

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  4. That is quite a lot of books, impressive to read so many x

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  5. We have most of these and always get through lots of books everyday. My kids love to read x

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  6. We were introduced to the dinosaur that pooped this world book day ... not sure who we got by without it before! Olive thinks they are hilarious!

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  7. Ohhh I love The first hippo on the moon. Also you have my favourite We are going on a bear hunt.

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  8. Great books my kids read themselves but I still love to read to them at bedtime x

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  9. My son loves Julia Donaldson books. I have to do different voices for each character!

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  10. i love the Lost and Found book and so want to read You can't take an elephant on the bus!

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  11. Some great ideas, I love the sound of You Can't Take An Elephant On The Bus!

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  12. My kids adore reading - always have and I think it's because they've always had a bed time story

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  13. There are some lovely books there. At the moment we are reading Micheal Morpurgo, but then my boys are 10 and 9!

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  14. oh i love kids books theres so many happy and cheerful reads

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  15. Great post! We are always looking for new reads. thank you

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  16. Great post very useful for my ks1 class

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  17. These all look like lovely books. My kids are too old for bedtime stories now, sadly! I can recommend a beautiful book by a friend of mine though: 'Dawn Chorus' by Suzanne Barton. It got to the finals of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Awards.

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  18. I love kid's picture books, the beautiful illustrations that they have, I could look at them for ages. We love Farm Tales, a favourite in our house.

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  19. Such a great selection of books - I used to love reading to my son when he was a littlun! x

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  20. Some old favourites here, but we have mostly moved onto older books now.

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  21. So many great titles there, we did read quite a few on the list as Emma was growing up!xx

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  22. Some great books here, thanks

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  23. loving some of these suggestions, we are stuck in a rut with the same 4 or 5 at the mo so have been looking to buys more :-)

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  24. Lost and Found was a favourite when mine were younger.

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  25. Bear hunt and The Dinosaur That Pooped books are Ella's favourites. She absolutely loves the dinosaur ones!

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